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Train-testing project in Wales could be derailed by rival bid

A plan to build a £100m rail-testing centre of excellence near the Brecon Beacons could be scuppered by a rival project in Lincolnshire. An opencast mine near Ystradgynlais has been earmarked by Powys and Neath Port Talbot councils for the project.

Road congestion levels in outer London higher than before lockdown

Exclusive: congestion climbed above 2019 levels in August as people went back to using cars after lockdown. Road traffic congestion in outer London is now far higher than it was last year as people have gone back into their cars after lockdown, according to new data. Congestion climbed above 2019 levels in August, and has increased to nearly a fifth on average above last year, in roads outside the capital's central congestion charging zone, even while it has dropped sharply in the centre of the city.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

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  • Road congestion levels in outer London higher than before lockdownExclusive: congestion climbed above 2019 levels in August as people went back to using cars after lockdown. Road traffic congestion in outer London is now far higher than it was last year as people have gone back into their cars after lockdown, according to new data. Congestion climbed above 2019 levels in August, and has increased to nearly a fifth on average above last year, in roads outside the capital's central congestion charging zone, even while it has dropped sharply in the centre of the city.

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  • A puzzling solution to the problem of car sicknessIt’s been a nauseating feature of travel since cars first hit the road more than 120 years ago, but now researchers may have found a cure for motion sickness that uses no more than a pen and paper.

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  • Kuehne+Nagel invests in global vaccine distribution networkWith the opening of airside pharma & healthcare hubs in Brussels, Belgium, and Johannesburg, South Africa, Kuehne+Nagel adds two strategic elements to its global GxP-certified network of temperature-controlled facilities for the distribution of vaccines and other pharma & healthcare products. As many of the temperature-sensitive products have very low to no stability outside of their stated temperature ranges, direct tarmac access at Kuehne+Nagel airside facilities even further minimises the risk of temperature excursions and ensures product integrity during the logistics journey. The...
  • New guidance for goods vehicle operators and driversIn the last five years, changes in attack methodology has placed greater emphasis on simplicity and ease of access, meaning that - along with knives - commercial vehicles have become one of the deadliest weapons used by terrorists across Europe. The UK suffered the devastating effects of this change of methodology in 2017, when vehicles were used in three of the five attacks which took place in London and Manchester – claiming seven lives. In the wake of these horrific attacks, the DfT worked alongside security experts from Counter Terrorism Policing to create an industry-specific guid...
  • Motorways to trial 60mph limits to cut pollutionThe speed limit will be cut on parts of four motorways before October in a trial to reduce pollution, Highways England has said. It will be reduced from 70mph to 60mph in areas that have seen higher than recommended levels of nitrogen dioxide. The trial will take place on stretches of nearly five miles. It will be on M6 junctions 6 to 7 by Witton, M1 junctions 33 to 34 by Rotherham, M602 junctions 1 to 3 by Eccles and M5 1 to 2 by Oldbury. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) released from car exhausts is a serious air pollutant and indirectly contributes to the warming of the planet. The impact of the...

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  • Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students In response to numerous students deferring their higher education place this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government have assembled the Higher Education Taskforce, led by the Universities Minister. The Taskforce has worked to offer students an array of opportunities to help them gain...
  • TfW launches Supply Chain Platform events Transport for Wales are launching a series of bi-monthly interactive Supply Chain Platform events alongside Business Wales to help them deliver and grow a diverse and sustainable supply chain. Following recent news over the past few months of significant investment in Wales’ railways, such...
  • Assessing HAVs in the rail industryThe rail industry has identified HAVs as the most common occupational disease among workers. New data reports that during 2018-19 there were 91 cases of HAVS being diagnosed within the rail industry. Making it the most commonly reported disease over the past 9 years. Since 2010 there have been...

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